- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski apologized on Twitter Tuesday after predictions for a record-setting blizzard failed to materialize.

Areas of Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City were shut down Monday in preparation for the major storm predicted by NWS meteorologists. By early Tuesday, it became apparent that the dire warnings were wrong in many places, CBS News reported.

Mr. Szatkowski, who is based in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, called it “a big forecast miss.”

“New York City will see good amounts of snow, and for portions of New England it will be very high impact. But for much of New Jersey, and for the Philadelphia Metropolitan area, this is a big forecast miss,” he tweeted Tuesday morning.

“My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” Mr. Szatkowski said, “You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t. Once again, I’m sorry.”

An official at NWS in Mount Holly said forecasters will take a closer look at how they handled the storm and “see what we can do better next time,” he told The Associated Press.

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